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The MLB All-Star John Olerud’s daughter passed away at the age of 19 on devastating the family. We cannot hope to understand the pain the family is going through, but we send our heartfelt condolences to the grieving family.
John Olerud, aka Johnny O and Big Rude, is an American retired professional baseball player who had played for New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays. His last MLB appearance was on October 2, 2005, for Boston Red Sox.
Net Worth, Salary and Income
John made his professional baseball debut on September 3, 1989, for the Toronto Blue Jays, the two times World Series Champion in 1992 and 1993, He is two times All-Star, two times World Series Champion, three times Gold Glove Award and one time AL batting champion. He announced his retirement following the 2005 season. Throughout his career, he had 2,239 hits, which is the 143rd highest total to date.
Besides, he is the founder of “The Jordan Fund,” which helps the family with unfortunate conditions and supports families with medical expenses for their children with special terminal conditions. The fund was created in the name of John’s daughter Jordan. Throughout his career, the Ex-Met has earned a handsome income, and his net worth at present stands at a whopping amount of $34 million.
Married to wife Kelly Olerud, Three Children
John is married to his high school sweetheart Kelly Olerud (nee Plaisted). They got married on November 22, 1998. They were blessed with three children together: Jordan Olerud, Garrett Olerud, and Jessica Olerud. Their eldest daughter Jordan Olerud tragically passed away at the age of 19 on March 1, 2020, due to rare chromosomal disease.
Jordan Olerud had been battling a fifth chromosome disorder since childhood, and she was the only one known diagnosed with the condition. John had often talked about his daughter and how her smile could make upto all the problems in his life. Losing her must have had a blow upon the world baseball champion.
Parents, Family, and Siblings
John was born on August 5, 1968, in Seattle, Washington, to a physician dermatologist father, John E. Olerud, and mother Lynda as John Garrett Olerud. His father was a baseball player from Libson, North Dakota, and he had developed a tendre for baseball from an early age, thanks to his father. He is the cousin of retired MLB player Dale Sveum.
John did his high schooling from Interlake High School in Bellevue, Washington, where he played baseball, basketball, and golf for three years. He had even led his school to state high school baseball championship. Later he joined Washington State University and played baseball for the same.
Body Measurements: Height and Weight
John stands tall at an impressive height of 6 feet and 5 inches and weighs around 89 kgs. The honey blond-haired champion possesses a pair of brown eyes and has a fair complexion.